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D.I.

D.I.: Horse Bites Dog CriesHorse Bites Dog Cries (1987)
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Contributed by: Phantom_MaggotPhantom_Maggot
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I have always wondered how bands like the Adolescents and Circle Jerks came to create bands like NOFX. I can see the similarities and how the influences of the bands like the two I just mentioned helped to create modern day punk, but I always felt that there was a missing link. In the back of my min.
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I have always wondered how bands like the Adolescents and Circle Jerks came to create bands like NOFX. I can see the similarities and how the influences of the bands like the two I just mentioned helped to create modern day punk, but I always felt that there was a missing link. In the back of my mind I knew that there had to be some band that incorporated the same speed and intensity of the more modern day punk bands and blended it with the snotty Southern California attitude that early L.A. `80s punk captured. I thought I might have found this missing link after hearing the "Pervert Nurse" reference in the NOFX song, "Two Jealous Again," and seeing Guttermouth cover "Guns" live, so I decided to check out D.I.'s album, Horse Bites Dog Cries. It became immediately apparent that his album was the missing link that I had been looking for all these years.

For those of you who don't know, D.I. started when Adolescents members Casey Royer and Frank and Rikk Agnew decided to begin another project as the Adolescents stalled. If you like the Adolescents and don't own this album then stop reading this right now and just go buy the CD, you'll love it (I don‚??t know why I never did that). The album starts off with the highly infectious "Pervert Nurse." The song is everything that is great about this brand of punk rock. The fast drums, the quasi-nonsensical lyrics, and the great hooks all help blend together the `80s and what would soon provide the base for early `90s punk and will have you at least tapping your foot right off the bat. Royer's stellar vocals are drenched in mucus throughout the album as the band shreds through topics like politics, the punk scene, Southern California, anti-drug use (no, they‚??re not straight-edge, just not fans of hard drugs), anti-religion and rebellion. Just like the topics of the songs, the melody of the songs varies as well, as the band dabbles in skatepunk, surf, and even keyboards. However, everything works and will immediately hook you in.

I put this whole album as a classic simply for the fact that it contains the songs "Johnny's Got a Problem," "Guns" (whether it's a pro-gun song or not‚?¶I don‚??t really know), and "Youth in Asia," which are staples in any punk rock song catalogue. There are plenty of other standout tracks as well. For example, one cannot even being to deny how catchy "Hang Ten in East Berlin" is (which smart-ass does this first?). Sometimes the lyrical content is a bit lagging (I will admit that I don‚??t really connect with a song lyrically like "No Moms" at the age of 24) but the songs are all as catchy as hell, so what can you do? In all honesty, I don't think that there is one track worth skipping on this this entire album, which is a true testament to the song writing capabilities of the band.

If you still don't get what I am driving at try this: I am not a fan of Southern California and I don't skate, but this album makes you wish that you lived in some dirty little studio in Hollywood where, in the sweltering heat, you and your friends could blast this album, drink a little too much PBR, then throw on some gnarly neon green hat and skate down to the Troubadour to catch a sold out punk show. That is the essence of D.I. and the blueprint of their punk rock masterpiece.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 22, 2007)

"Two Jealous Again" is a great song and is teaching a lot of people about old punk rock, when it was still good. Fat Mike sure does know his shit.

old_school_punk (March 19, 2007)

This is the best of the D.I. Discography. Youth in Asia and Obnoxious are the best tracks on the album. Too bad the current lineup can't do these songs justice.

(Hey Casey, I would love to hear you tell Scott "Don't mess around with the punks, dude" to his face just before he beans you with another 1000 rubber bands.)

dazed (March 18, 2007)

Good stuff.

To me the standout track is "Obnoxious", though.

OverDefined (March 18, 2007)

Any review that commands me to run out and buy the album pisses me off.

FuckYouOiOiOi (March 17, 2007)

damn good review. i've been wanting to review this album for a while (probably a year) but i couldn't do it justice (and since i already fucked up the adolescents one i couldn't have done a sub-par review for this).

"pull the plug let me die!!!"

Phantom_Maggot (March 17, 2007)

You're correct...it is Alfie Agnew...sloppy on my part.

joeg (March 17, 2007)

d.i. is ok. i never really got into them for some reason even though i like most of the orange county bands. check this out. http://www.theadolescents.net/bios_files/adshistory.jpg
i had no idea pat smear used to be in the adolescents. it doesn't say anything about frank being in d.i.

Badger_Legion (March 17, 2007)

Oh, and are you sure Frank Agnew was in D.I.? I've never seen a line-up that included him.

Badger_Legion (March 17, 2007)

Any band that Rikk Agnew was involved with was gold. One of the greatest punk songwriters ever in my opinion.

lushj (March 16, 2007)

This is my favorite DI record, better than Team Goon only because it has more songs. You can't go wrong with any of these 3:

Horse Bites, Dog Cries
Team Goon
Ancient Artifacts

The later ones like State of Shock and Tragedy Again are decent, though T.A. is a little heavier.

Two notes- you don't have to be a fan of the 90s Fat/Epitaph bands to like DI. Also, don't confuse DI with the Drunk Injuns (another California skate rock band). One of my all-time favorite bands!

Phantom_Maggot (March 16, 2007)

Yeah, you were...I have been wanting to write a review of this for awhile, but I didn't have the time...well I still don't hence why it's half assed.

JayTee (March 16, 2007)

HELL. FUCKING. YES. Was I talking with you about this album a few weeks ago Phantom?

Phantom_Maggot (March 16, 2007)

No, it sadly doesn't...that one is on Team Goon. Thanks for the feedback on the review.

feeeding5000 (March 16, 2007)

Great review. Does this album have "Richard Hung Himself"?

Anonymous (March 16, 2007)

One of my favorite punk records ever.....If you do not own this, or never heard it, do yourself a favor and pick it up....

Anonymous (March 16, 2007)

if you dont skate dont fucking write about it. you sound stupid.

Anonymous (March 16, 2007)

Great band, this is what i think of when somebody says Orange County to me. I wish somebody would reissue their LP's though.

MikeStupid (March 16, 2007)

Great record, great band. I prefer Ancient Artifacts, but both are essential.

ilikepunkrock (March 16, 2007)

"but this album makes you wish that you lived in some dirty little studio in Hollywood where, in the sweltering heat, you and your friends could blast this album, drink a little too much PBR, then throw on some gnarly neon green hat and skate down to the Troubadour to catch a sold out punk show."

I moved to Hollywood last summer, and one day at a goodwill down there I bought a bright neon green hat.

theonetruebill (March 16, 2007)

This album is amazing. D.I. are insanely underrated in the grand scheme of things.

GlassPipeMurder (March 16, 2007)

it's remarkable how many people have discovered old, dusty but classic punk albums from "We Got Two Jealous Agains".

Anonymous (March 16, 2007)

State of Shock is their best in my opinion. Still, this is pretty decent.

Anonymous (March 15, 2007)

good album. probably one of the only di albums worth owning.

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